Twitter was ablaze last night with praise to Filipino Couture Designer, Oliver Tolentino. The first time I ever heard of the designer and I wondered who he is. He supposedly designed the gown that American Idol 11 Top 3 Finalist Filipino-Mexican Jessica Sanchez.
So, I searched the web for Oliver Tolentino and here’s what I found. He is more established as a designer than I thought.
Tolentino, the favorite designer of Imelda Marcos, is a rising star known for his meticulous attention to detail in his designs. Among the Hollywood celebrities who have worn Tolentino creations are Niecy Nash (Dancing with the Stars, Clean House, The Insider) for her 2010 Emmy win; recording artist Macy Gray, Grammy winner Patti Austin, Tony winner Lea Salonga. Kimora Lee Simmons, and Vivica Fox. Tolentino, who has been called the Filipino Valentino, became the first Philippine-based designer to establish a presence in the United States, launching his Melrose Avenue boutique in West Hollywood in 2009.
Within a year of opening his Melrose Avenue boutique, he was asked to present at Downtown Los Angeles Fashion Week and was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as one of nine finalists for the Oscars Designer Challenge. – Source
Here are some of his creations:
Photos courtesy of Be Seen in Hollywood.com